Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 20, 2006 - Computers - 436 pages
The Jetsons would be proud!

A gizmo as cool as Roomba just begs to be hacked. Now, with this book and the official ROI specification furnished by iRobot®, you can become the robotic engineer you've always dreamed of being. Build a Bluetooth interface for your Roomba. Turn it into an artist. Install Linux on it and give it a new brain. Some hacks are functional, others are purely fun. All of them let you play with robotics, and not one will void your warranty.

  • Build a serial interface tether.
  • Set up a Bluetooth® interface.
  • Drive Roomba.
  • Play with sensors.
  • Make it sing.
  • Create a Roomba artist.
  • Use your Roomba as a mouse.
  • Connect Roomba to the Net.
  • Wi-Fi your Roomba.
  • Replace Roomba's brain.
  • Install Roomba-cam.
  • Put Linux® on Roomba.
  • Features a companion Web site.

All this ? and it will still clean your floor!

Get the official iRobot Roomba Open Interface (ROI) specification and all code presented in the book in ready-to-run form at wiley.com/go/extremetech.

 

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Contents

Getting Started with Roomba
3
Interfacing Basics
19
Building a Roomba Serial Interface Tether
41
Building a Roomba Bluetooth Interface
65
Driving Roomba
89
Reading the Roomba Sensors
109
Fun Things to
132
Making Roomba Sing
151
More Complex Interfacing
206
Going Wireless with WiFi
231
Giving Roomba a New Brain and Senses
257
Putting Linux on Roomba
297
RoombaCam Adding Eyes to Roomba
333
Other Projects
365
Soldering and Safety Basics
383
Electrical Diagram Schematics
405

Creating Art with Roomba
167
Using Roomba as an Input Device
189

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Tod E. Kurt has engineered hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars. Although he has degrees in electrical engineering and physics, Tod's career as a robotics hacker really began when he took apart his BigTrak, radio-controlled car, and chemistry set box to build an upright programmable robot when he was 12.

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